New York Jets owner Woody Johnson will appear on FOX Business Network’s After the Bell at 4:00 pm ET today. Johnson will talk about the trade that landed the controversial quarterback Tim Tebow in New York and whether the team believes in him. Johnson also goes out of his way to make a point that marketing was not a factor in bringing in Tebow.
“Jerseys aren’t really our main line of business,” Johnson told the Fox Business Network. Our main line of business is winning games. I expect if we do well, we will continue to sell. We’re pretty well sold out on PSLs despite what you read about.”
Tebow is expected to return to New York next Monday to work out with the team. It is during that time that Johnson believes the Jets will find out whether or not they are sold on the former Denver Broncos quarterback.
“We’ll know. He comes back this Monday, on the 15th. I am very excited to see what impact he’s gonna have. I think he’s a lot like Governor Christie. He is what he is. He’s true to his beliefs; he’s not afraid to tell you what he believes in. I think he will be a very positive influence in the locker room and I think he will help us win a lot of games.
“The team will get together for the first time on Monday, so we’ll see how that works out. From what I hear from the people who played with him in Florida and the Broncos, he is going be well-liked.”
There were also reports immediately after the trade that Tebow was the one who decided on the Jets as his new home. While Johnson doesn’t deny that claim, he does say he will take credit for the move and there was a meeting of the minds to determine whether Tebow would be a good fit in New York.
“That whole week we powwowed about it. Rex and Mike make those decisions,” said Johnson. “If it’s a good decision, if he turns out to be a great player, I will take full accountability for that.”
For the entire interview with Johnson on After the Bell, be sure to tune in to the Fox Business Network at 4:00 pm Eastern Time.